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Health visitors during the coronavirus outbreak

During these challenging times, your public health nursing team will be doing everything possible to protect and support children, young people and families.

Health Visitors will still be available to support you and your family via telephone, the ChatHealth texting service, through clinics and home visits.

When a member of the Health Visiting team visits you, they will be wearing some, or all, of the following before entering your home:

  • an apron
  • gloves
  • a face mask
  • Goggles or a visor

This equipment is known as Personal Protective Equipment, or PPE.

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the increased use of PPE by health professionals is very important as it will help to reduce the spread of the virus (as some people may have the virus but show no symptoms), protecting both health professionals and families. The NHS continues to follow guidance on PPE and social distancing after the 19th July.

It is advised that the number of people in the room when the health visitor is there is limited, ideally just parents and baby.

Family members can wear a face covering when being visited in the home by a health professional. Children under the age of 3 should NOT wear a mask or face covering.

When the health professional leaves your home, they will remove all PPE and put it in a black bin bag for you to dispose of in your household waste. Make sure to wash your hands after doing so.

Health professionals will assess each home visit for coronavirus related risks.

Find out about routine reviews at 6 weeks, during COVID-19

Please see the most up to date advice and information on how to keep yourself and your family safe here.

Remember, you can always contact a health visitor for advice and, especially during this difficult time, via the secure text messaging service ChatHealth.

Page last reviewed: 18-01-2021

Next review due: 18-01-2024